Editorial - April 2002

Sajid Iqbal

Peace to you all...

Yes you're reading another bombastic telly-fontastic issue of The Revival.

I know its a wee bit late, but i have a wicked excuse... believe me. check it out... your beloved editor was struck down with Tuber-Culosis (TB). So I was totally knocked out for a few months... and if that wasn't bad enough a few of our staff came down with a nasty bug. Altogether now, say aaah!

But still, just for you chaps, the boyz and I have worked our goolies off to get this issue out ASAP. So tell us what you think, and now coz we're big time (he says!) ... we need your support.

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Islam: Religion of Peace or Violence?

Sajid Iqbal

So, is Islam a faith of peace or does it in fact promote violence and hatred? I mean, we read in textbooks and hear on Friday sermons that Islam is a religion of peace but then we see Muslim individuals and groups who promote violence, terrorism and carry out suicide bombing all in the name of Islam.

You're probably confused innit... thinking what the heck is goin on? You see we have Mr. Ladin who wants to kill all Americans, has declared a holy war against the West and was thrilled about the attacks on the twin towers.

Extremism: Causes and Cures

Sajid Iqbal

SO, what drives people to carry out acts of terrorism? Why do some people hate America and the West so much that they are prepared to take their own lives as well as others?

You see America, the UN in particular and the world community at large has double standards about Muslim countries such as Kashmir. Bosnia, Chechnya and Palestine.

This causes concern among the Muslims or should I say it pee's them off big time. The issues where the Western interest is involved get an immediate response in terms of concrete action. Whereas issues like Kashmir and Palestine remain unresolved even after the passage of a long time, the UN resolutions not withstanding. Check this out:

Islam Saves The Day!

Sajid Iqbal

What are the problems being faced by the western world today?

Let's look at the problems that exist in our society and that government's as well as NGO's (you know- non-governmental organisations) are struggling to solve. Now can Islam provide a solution to these problems?

'Ha! That 1400 year old ancient out of date religion's gonna sort our problems out...yeah...and Saddam Hussein is the fairy God mother!'.

'So you don't think Islam is up to it. eh?' Now. what if the systems of Islam provide us with solutions to these problems at the individual, national and international level, then we have to say that mankind should accept and follow the teachings of Islam -true? So, let the party begin:

Most Influential Man In History

Sajid Iqbal

'Muhammad, that's that Muslim Prophet innit.' Now what it I told you that Prophet Muhammad (saw), upon him be peace- is the must influential man in history and a perfect role fur us all. You're probably thinking that I should give up the weed and see a specialist. But noooooo!!!! This is not the voice of a fanatic or a madman. It's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth - mate. Now let me present to you the facts that '11 knock you out.

Jihad & Suicide Bombings

So, the 60 million dollar question is that if Islam teaches peace and is absolutely against violence and terrorism then why the heck do these individuals and organisations carry out these violent acts in the name of Islam? Is it in the name of Jihad?

You're probably thinking isn't fighting; violence and killing people all part of jihad.

Well, that's the trap that must people fall into. You see Jihad means 'struggle to the utmost' and one of the forms of jihad is to take up arms against oppressive and evil regimes that arc victimising innocent people.

The Story of Palestine

Nizar Sakhnini, 31 March 2002

A Struggle for Survival Against Colonial Settlement Project


In yet another act of deceit, Sharon is trying to justify his war crimes against a virtually defenceless Palestinian population as a legitimate situation of self-defence against "Palestinian Terror".He ignores the whole history of the conflict by focusing on the latest acts of desperation that pushed the Palestinian people into the corner without any hope for a decent life as equal human beings with equal human rights.

What They Say about The Prophet Of Islam

Sajid Iqbal

Whether you are a Muslim or not you have to admire and appreciate what Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has given to mankind. Let's see what the non-Muslims have to say about him:

Michael H Hart.

'The 100: A Ranking of the most influential Persons in History'. New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc. 1978:

'My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level.'

Encyclopaedia Britannica.

11th Edition: 'Muhammad was the most successful of all religious personalities.'

TRUE LIES - Misconception About Islam

Sajid Iqbal

There are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. Yep…that means 1 in every 5 person in the world is a Muslim. Did you know that??

And guess what…. Islam is the fastest growing faith in the world (1) but why is it that Islam is the most misunderstood faith today?

Now, when you mention the word Islam today…after the chap has recovered from a nervous breakdown, the first thing that pops in his head is that '…oh yeah…that's that "paki-religion" innit… those dodgy looking blokes with long beards hijacking planes, blowing up buildings and chopping peoples hands….'.

Before you know it the word 'terrorist' and 'backward' will come to mind, women chained to the kitchen sink, guys with many wives and 'they hate Jesus' will be their idea of Islam.

Wanna C A Miracle?

Sajid Iqbal

Quran: The Living Miracle

The Quran is the literal word of God and not the work of any human being. It is the living miracle revealed to Muhammad-messenger of God (peace be upon him).

It was revealed 14 centuries ago but mentions facts only recently discovered or proven by scientists.

'Yeah, yeah…whatever. You're bound to say that, you're Muslim… innit!' OK lad, here's the deal: if I can't convince you in the slightest that the Quran is the word of God then I'll pay for the tickets for united's next match…and I'll even chuck a donner in there for you.

'Wa-heyyyyy….this should be fun.' Lets check it out: